Gov. Walz loosens restrictions on businesses

On Wednesday, Gov. Walz held a press conference to announce Minnesota will be loosening many of its previous COVID-19 restrictions and closures. The announcement comes as more than 80,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine and new cases of COVID-19 in the state decrease. These changes will go into effect Sunday, Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m.: 

  • Indoor dining at restaurants may resume at 50% capacity with 150 people max. 
    • Parties of no more than six people must remain at least 6 feet away from other parties. 
    • Reservations required. 
  • Bars may allow for parties of two, seated and with at least 6 feet between parties 
    • Service must stop at 10 p.m. for both bars and restaurants. 
  • Gyms and fitness studios remain capped at 25% capacity, but machines and people may now be within 9 feet of each other.  
    • Group fitness classes are capped at 25 people. 
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters, pools, museums and bowling alleys, may open at 25% capacity with no more than 150 people and with no food or drink service after 10 p.m. 
  • Wedding receptions and other celebrations may resume.  
    • If food or drink is served, there is a two-household and 10-person capacity indoors or three-household and 15-person capacity outdoors. 
    • If there is no food or drink served, the 25% event venue capacity applies. 
  • Places of worship may remain open at 50% capacity, but will no longer have a maximum attendance limit. 

Social gatherings will remain limited to 10 people from two households indoors and 15 people from three households outdoors. Outdoor events and entertainment will remain at 25% capacity with a maximum attendance of 250 people. Restrictions for retail and personal services such as salons remain the same. 

Gov. Walz urged Minnesotans to protect the state’s progress by wearing masks, getting tested, and staying home when they are sick. The full details of the Executive Order can be found here